Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For January 14th, 2015

By Gregory Crawford--- TV, Print and Radio Basketball Analyst--- on twitter @wchoops @crawssportsbiz @kcsportsmgmt

NWAC Sports Men's Power Rankings---- It is Wednesday, so time for another edition of Crawford's NWAC Sports Men's Power Rankings. Of course this is always a big night for NWAC basketball as almost every men's and women's team is in action. Always do things in 9s, out of respect for the great game of golf.

9. Highline 11-5, 3-1----Started league play 3-0. before losing 87-73 at home to Tacoma. Doug McDaniel is the 3rd leading scorer in the NWAC at 21 ppg.

8. Chemeketa 9-6, 1-0---- The Storm hit the road this week at Mt. Hood and Umpqua. They have won four in a row.

7. Lower Columbia 11-6, 3-1----Good past week with wins over Clark and Green River. Jamie Ford is scorching hot from behind the arch on the season making 57 of 110 shots, a 52 %.

6. Skagit Valley 8-4, 1-0--- The Cardinals have been led by Gerad Davis. who is averaging 19.5 ppg and 7.3 rebounds as a guard.

5. Wenatchee Valley 11-4, 1-0--- Game of the week tonight at Columbia Basin will help show us who is emerging early in the East.

4. Columbia Basin 8-7, 1-0--- Won a shootout 107-95 at Treasure Valley, with James Lopez scoring 30 points and adding 7 assists. He is the NWAC leader in both of those categories.

3. Big Bend 13-4, 1-0--- The Vikes make it 10 of 11 last week and host Blue Mountain and Treasure Valley this week.

2. Edmonds 13-3 1-0---Put their six game winning streak up against Everett tonight at home.

1. Bellevue 14-2 1-0----Coach Eggers squad host Olympic tonight and Skagit Valley on Saturday.

NBA Relocation/Expansion---- Last week in Greg Crawford On Basketball, I gave you the top 9 cities in the United States that are ripe for either a team relocating or NBA expansion.

It appears that it would be a real long shot for Atlanta to relocate, even though I am not sure how many people in the Atlanta area outside of a few politicos are interested in the team staying. As mentioned last week, despite having the 3rd best record in the league, the Hawks still rank 24th in overall attendance in the NBA this season, that for sure does not add up.

This is the most likely scenario before we reach the end of the decade for NBA expansion. It will be hard not for Seattle to get back in the mix and have a team. We have also learned that quietly, behind the scenes there is big money behind a group to bring the NBA back to San Diego, where it has not been since 1984.

San Diego is a wonderful sports town, with so many people landing there from the East, where sports overall is much more popular than on the west coast in general, so built in fan base exists for sure.

Put your money on Seattle and San Diego to be in the NBA before 2020.

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